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Kei Igawa pitched his first complete game of the season with a shutout and Tomoaki Kanemoto went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, leading the Hanshin Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the Chiba Lotte Marines in interleague play Thursday.

News photoTomoaki Kanemoto of the Tigers hits a two-run home run off Chiba Lotte Marines rookie Yasutomo
Kubo in the first inning Thursday at Chiba Marine Stadium. Kanemoto has now hit homers in 30
different stadiums in official games.

Igawa (3-2) scattered eight hits — all singles — with seven strikeouts and no walks in a 126-pitch outing at Chiba Marine Stadium as Hanshin stopped the Marines’ winning streak at four games.

Kanemoto connected off Yasutomo Kubo (2-1) to put Hanshin ahead in the first inning after Andy Sheets reached on an error by Lotte third baseman Toshiaki Imae. Takashi Toritani made it 3-0 in the ninth with an RBI double.

Pacific League leader Lotte was shut out for the first time this season.

Giants 6, Buffaloes 3

At Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning on a double-play grounder by Kenji Yano and added three runs in the sixth on RBI hits by Tomohiro Nioka and Toshihisa Nishi to hold off Orix.

Veteran southpaw Kimiyasu Kudo (3-1) allowed two runs — on solo homers to Hirotoshi Kitagawa and Hiroaki Onishi — in six innings for the win and Masanori Hayashi worked the ninth to pick up his third save. Yano and Shinnosuke Abe homered for Yomiuri.

Former Yomiuri right-hander Jose Parra (3-2) took the loss after giving up six runs in six innings.

Swallows 3, Fighters 0

At Jingu Stadium, Alex Ramirez and Katsuyuki Dobashi homered and Ryu Kawabata combined with four relievers on a four-hit shutout as Yakult won its fourth in a row, while handing Nippon Ham its fourth straight loss.

Ramirez hit a fourth-inning two-run shot off Satoru Kanemura (4-3) to reach double-digit homers for the fifth straight year.

Dobashi added a solo drive in the sixth to back Kawabata (2-1), who held Nippon Ham to three hits in six innings while striking out five in his first career start. Ryota Igarashi got his fourth save.

Hawks 1, Carp 1 (12)

At Yahoo Dome, Kenji Jojima hit a game-tying homer in the seventh inning after Tomonori Maeda broke a scoreless deadlock with an RBI double in the sixth as Softbank and Hiroshima played to a tie.

Lions 4, Dragons 3

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Toru Hosokawa hit a go-ahead two-run homer to cap a three-run second inning and Koji Onuma worked 6 1/2 strong innings, leading the Lions to a three-game sweep of Central League leader Chunichi for their seventh victory in their last eight games.

BayStars at Eagles — ppd.

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